Jim Bouton pitched 10 years in the majors, but he is best known for his writing about the game. In his baseball classic, Ball Four, Bouton took fans on a journey inside the clubhouse of the 1969 Seattle Pilots. The book was the first of its kind, sharing many of baseball’s unspoken rules. Then commissioner, Bowie Kuhn called the book “detrimental to baseball” and tried to force Bouton to sign a statement saying that the book was completely fictional. Bouton, however, refused to deny any of Ball Four’s revelations.


The record will show that the New York Mets lost the World Series in five games. Fair enough, but the Mets were two outs away from winning Game 1 and three outs away from winning Game 5 before the Royals roared back and snatched both games away.

“That’s why you play nine innings … you never have them until the 27th out is made,” said New York manager Terry Collins. “We’re real disappointed … when you get beat at the end of the season, it’s not fun.”